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09/22/89 In Re Marriage of Wayne B. Koral

September 22, 1989

IN RE MARRIAGE OF WAYNE B. KORAL, PETITIONER-APPELLEE, AND


APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FIRST DISTRICT, FIFTH DIVISION

CHRISTINE H. KORAL, Respondent-Appellant

551 N.E.2d 242, 194 Ill. App. 3d 933, 141 Ill. Dec. 249 1989.IL.1470

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. Mitchell Leikin, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

PRESIDING JUSTICE MURRAY delivered the opinion of the court. LORENZ and COCCIA, JJ., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE MURRAY

Respondent-appellant Christine H. Koral, *fn1 appeals from a judgment entered by the circuit court of Cook County on July 25, 1988, dissolving the marriage between herself and petitioner-appellee Wayne B. Koral. Christine appears pro se in this court charging numerous errors requiring reversal of the judgment and remandment of the cause. Wayne has filed a motion to set a bond until certain real estate owned by the parties is sold, and the motion has been taken with the case. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm the trial court.

The record discloses that Christine and Wayne were married on November 9, 1968; two children were born to the parties, namely, Aaron (December 12, 1969) and Scott (June 27, 1971); Wayne was employed by the Chicago police department and the Chicago Public Library; and Christine was employed at Cook County Hospital and has a nursing degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve.

On May 15, 1984, Wayne filed a petition for dissolution of marriage, alleging as grounds therefor mental cruelty. The pertinent proceedings occurring after the filing of Wayne's petition are as follows:

May 15 -- Emergency petition filed by Wayne for a temporary restraining order to enjoin Christine from expending, dissipating, removing, selling, transferring or otherwise disposing of $100,000 in marital assets. Granted.

May 24 -- Motion for a temporary injunction filed by Wayne seeking the same relief granted by the TRO. Continued.

June 4 -- Injunction entered against both Wayne and Christine prohibiting them from harassing or threatening each other and from taking any action relative to the $100,000 in marital property as previously set forth in the May 15 TRO.

June 20 -- Appearance by Goldstein, Simon, Briskman & Briskman filed on behalf of Christine.

August 22 -- Various interrogatories and discovery requests filed by the parties.

1985

February 15 -- Motion filed by Goldstein, Simon, Briskman & Briskman to withdraw as Christine's attorneys, stating that on numerous occasions they were unable to reach her by telephone or correspondence. Granted.

July 17 -- Appearance filed by Solomon Gutstein on behalf of Christine.

1986

February 4 -- Petition for temporary child support, custody and attorney fees filed by Wayne.

February 19 -- After contested hearing, Wayne awarded sole temporary custody of minor children of the parties, Christine ordered to pay child support in the amount of 25% of her net income or $500 per month, and question of attorney fees continued generally.

February 20 -- Motion filed by Solomon Gutstein for attorney fees and to withdraw as Christine's attorney based on Christine's "inability to communicate productively." Motion to withdraw granted. Question of fees continued (and motion later withdrawn on June 12).

April 28 -- Petition filed by Wayne for rule to show cause as to why Christine should not be held in contempt of court for failure to pay temporary child support pursuant to February 19 order and petition seeking contribution from Christine for attorney fees.

April 29 -- Christine represented by Ross Shugan, court finds Christine in contempt of court for failure to pay temporary child support and court orders her to pay same and keep current, and question of attorney fees continued to May 13.

May 6 -- Supplemental petition for attorney fees filed by Wayne.

May 13 -- Order entered giving Christine 28 days to obtain another attorney and setting Wayne's petition for attorney fees for hearing on June 10 "without further notice" and notwithstanding whether Christine has retained counsel by that date.

June 10 and 17, and July 3 -- Wayne's petition for attorney fees continued at the request of Christine.

July 17 -- Contested hearing held on Wayne's petition for attorney fees and Christine ordered to pay his attorneys $2,000.

September 19 -- Second petition for rule to show cause filed by Wayne, alleging Christine had paid $500 to purge earlier contempt citation but had paid ...


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